79 posts categorized "Butter"

Double Chocolate and Mint Cookies

In Butter, Chefs, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Mint, Recipe, Snacks
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  9 cookies - Blog 3786

 

Alas we have come to the third and final cookie I made for this year's holiday swap, and I'll have you know that this one was the clear winner among all voters under the age of 20 in my giving universe.  My original plan was to make a peanut butter filled version of Thomas Keller's TKO's (his version of an oreo) as the 3rd cookie in my trio, but when I saw these little monsters posted by my friend, Sally, on her terrific food blog Bewitching Kitchen.  One look at her post and  I knew that these would be a hands-down winner with the kids, while also being a bit more holiday-ish in feel.  In addition, I figured they'd survive shipping better than the relatively fragile TKO sandwich cookie.

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Apricot Rugelach

In Butter, Cheese, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Fruit, Nuts, Recipe
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  Rugelach tight - Blog 3779

 

Today I present to you MY second favorite cookie of the three I made this year to satisfy the requirements of our family holiday cookie swap.  I emphasise the MY in the prior sentence, because by most accounts the cookie I will be sharing next, a mint-chocolate offering, was the runaway winner of the popularity contest this year; but as I've stated here before, my being one of the very few folks on the planet not enamored of the combo of chocolate and mint, those cookies fell to a distant third place in my personal ranking of this year's cookies.

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Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

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It's time once again to share some of the sweet holiday treats that I baked up for what is now our 3rd Annual Dunn Sibling Holiday Cookie Swap.  Per my brother's recommendation a couple years back, he and I and our sister (along with a few other select invitees) have exchanged holiday cookies to commemorate the season now that we've all reached the point in our lives where we need absolutely NOTHING in the way of traditional Christmas gifts, and our kids, poor deprived things, have so much that they can no longer even generate a Christmas wish list, let alone come up with a request for things they may actually need.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

In Butter, Candy, Chocolate, Cream
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Not to sound like too much of a snob, but THIS is what chocolate truffles should look like.

Not that I really have anything against the perfectly round and smooth confections that most commercial chocolatiers (even very high-end ones) sell as truffles, as many of them can be quite excellent.

But for me, truffles should look like the gnarly little fungi that inspired their name, and not something so perfectly formed that they look like they were machine made.  There....I'll step down off of my soapbox now.

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Spicy Cheddar Shortbread Cookies

In Butter, Cheddar, Cheese, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Recipe
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Stacked shortbreads - Blog 3766

 

I came across this recipe from Mark Bittman while searching my files for a little nibble to keep on-hand for visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday.  These are super easy to make and addictively tasty....like Cheez-its on steroids.

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Pecan Pie Brownies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Nuts, Pecan, Recipe
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My oldest "baby", Hayden,  just turned 22 and as he wasn't home for a traditional birthday celebration with cake this year, I decided to bake him a batch of these amazing brownies to enjoy when he returned from college for Thanksgiving.  They are a slight twist on an Alice Medrich recipe from her fab book, Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate .  

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Twisted Turtle Bars

In Butter, Chocolate, Coconut, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Cream, Dessert, Nuts, Oats, Peanut, Recipe
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 I call these "Twisted Turtle Bars" because they are my spin on the classic as presented  by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito in their second cookbook, Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented .  I made these to bring to my eldest son and his cronies at college a few weekends back, and decided to modify the original recipe NOT because I thought I could make it any better, but because I didn't have all the ingredients I needed on-hand and so decided to make a few substitutions.

"Turtles" have always been, are now, and will always be candies that are made from caramel, chocolate and pecans.   I love them in a way that is probably unnatural for a grown man, but really what's not to love about them.  They're chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty...and oh so cute if made properly so that they resemble little turtles with the pecans forming their legs and head.

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Creamed Mushroom Soup

In Butter, Cream, Leek, Main Course, Mushroom, Peach, Recipe, Soup & Stew
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Mushroom soup top - Blog 3750
 

 When my Mom was laid up sick in bed for a few days last week she was craving not a chicken noodle soup, but rather a cream of mushroom soup.  Not the famed Campbell's from a can version, but something closer to the velvety perfection she remembered enjoying on a cruise we took together many years ago.

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Boursin Potatoes

In Butter, Cheese, Milk, Potatoes, Recipe, Side Dish
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  Boursin potatoes - Blog 3730

 

Growing up in Southern Vermont in the 70s and 80s cheese meant just one thing, glorious Vermont Cheddar.  Long before the artisanal cheese making boom that has swept the country over the past 15-20 years, Vermont's cheddar tradition even then was well established.  "Imported" cheeses whether from other regions of the US, or from other countries were something I rarely encountered as a kid.

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Steak with Blue Cheese Bacon Butter

In Bacon, Beef, Butter, Cheese, Main Course, Meat, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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Steak wide - Blog 3699

 

This little number was inspired by a dish Hayden had while dining out this summer  We were at a lovely little local joint, The Sun Tavern, and as soon as I saw the dish listed on the menu I KNEW he was going to order it.  I'm happy to say that all of my boys have grown to be adventurous eaters, at various times tucking into lamb brains, frogs legs, beef heart, and snails, but more often than not when we're out they'll order up some spin on a steak and potatoes feast.

On this occasion, the dish was a twist on steak frites, the steak was a sirloin and it was topped with a big old slab of a melting compound butter made with blue cheese and bacon.  

What could be better?  

Judging from the speed at which he finished his meal...... not much!

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